Archive of February 23, 2007

Experts claim former Paraguayan bishop is in state of rebellion and running an unconstitutional campaign

Feb 23, 2007 - 02:38 pm .- Experts in Canon Law consulted by CNA – including some from Paraguay who preferred to remain anonymous - have confirmed that from the standpoint of the Code of Canon Law former Bishop Fernando Lugo is in a state of rebellion against the Catholic Church.  Lugo, who is running for his country’s presidency, is also constitutionally impeded from participating in politics according to the experts.

Ash Wednesday Mass interrupted by obscene recordings

Feb 23, 2007 - 12:11 pm .- The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, New Mexico was evacuated during noon Mass on Ash Wednesday, after three CD players duct-taped under pews began blaring foul and sexually explicit language, reported The Associated Press.

EU pressures pro-life countries to enact pro-abortion laws

Feb 23, 2007 - 12:08 pm .- Pro-lifers are claiming that the EU is putting pressure on countries to abandon their pro-life laws and to comply with a pro-abortion agenda.

Fr. Pavone weighs in on South Dakota Senate's rejection of abortion ban

Feb 23, 2007 - 11:57 am .- Attaining the “goal of justice” has to be a top priority for all legislators, said a national pro-life leader in view of the recent 8-1 vote of a South Dakota Senate committee to defer consideration of a bill to prohibit most abortions.

Calif. Supreme Court rules to preserve Mt. Soledad cross, publish court decision

Feb 23, 2007 - 11:43 am .- The California Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the precedent-setting decision of a lower court, which upheld the right of the people of San Diego to transfer the Mt. Soledad veterans memorial and cross to the federal government.

State cannot do without Church’s social work, says Spanish archbishop

Feb 23, 2007 - 11:42 am .- In his weekly pastoral letter, Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia said the collaboration between the Church and the State in the area of charity is “essential” because “there will always be suffering that requires consolation and help” and “there will always be situations of material need in which assistance that imparts concrete love of neighbor is essential.”

Forgiveness comes naturally for someone with a converted heart, says Argentinean bishop

Feb 23, 2007 - 11:31 am .- Bishop Marcelo Martorell of Puerto Iguazu said this week, “Jesus speaks to us of forgiveness, not as a heroic act of the saints, but as an act that should come naturally for someone with a converted heart.”

'Colonel Sanders' asks Pope for special sandwich blessing

Feb 23, 2007 - 11:29 am .- The U.S. based Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) company, long known for its fast-food chicken is planning to sell fish for the first time and has asked for Pope Benedict XVI’s blessing.

Fr. Kolvenbach could remain at head of Jesuits

Feb 23, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, who was previously expected to step down as Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) after their General Congregation scheduled for January 5, 2008, could now remain the Jesuit superior after Pope Benedict XVI expressed his opinion.

Pope Benedict emphasizes importance of new religious movements need for a balanced priestly life

Feb 23, 2007 - 11:10 am .- During a meeting held yesterday morning in the Vatican with pastors of the diocese of Rome, the Holy Father answered a number of questions addressed to him by priests on numerous matters.  During the discussion the Holy Father told his priests to do their best to support newecclesial movements and emphasized the need to find a healthy balance between their pastoral and spiritual lives.  The Pontiff went so far asto confess his own preference for morning prayer time.Answering aquestion put by a priest from the Roman Shrine of "Divino Amore," thePope highlighted how such places enable people to participate in anexperience of prayer that has extended over generations and centuries,and he stressed the value of popular piety and Marian devotion.

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